WINNECONNE — Barry Smanz has been coaching Dodgeland prep cross country for 45 years now.

In those 4½ decades, he has never had the Trojans girls and boys teams win a conference championship in the same year — until now.

The Dodgeland girls delivered a dominant performance at Lake Breeze Golf Course, totaling just 32 points to beat runner-up Palmyra-Eagle by 11 and end Oshkosh Lourdes’ 11-year run of Trailways Conference titles. The Trojans boys finished with 75 points but had a more comfortable margin, as they were 18 points clear of second-place Oshkosh Lourdes.

“It’s so nice to have both teams win it in the same year,” Smanz said. “It’s our number one goal down for the girls; winning this meet. The boys were kind of a surprise. We knew we had an outside shot, but we knew we had to have our best day all year. And it looks like we did.”

Dodgeland entered as the favorites in the girls race, as the Trojans are the top-ranked team in the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Division 3 poll. But No. 4 Palmyra-Eagle and No. 7 Oshkosh Lourdes (who finished third with 59 points) figured to provide staunch competition.

The Trojans did exceptionally well as they had five finish in the top 12. Jamie Huber won the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 25.69 seconds, and teammate Meygan Benzing wasn’t far behind, finishing second in 19:38.75.

“All season, we’ve been together (near the top) and we’ve been running every race practically together,” Huber said. “Then we would separate a little bit. That helps both of us push each other and get to where we are today.”

Kaitlin Pickart was sixth in 20:28.84, joining Huber and Benzing in earning first-team all-conference honors. Julia Holtz (11th, 21:17.13) and Rachel Parbs (12th, 21:26.56) locked up the title for the Trojans and earned second-team all-conference honors for themselves.

“They’ve had an amazing season,” Smanz said. “The depth is incredible that we have. They’ve just worked so hard for this. We knew Oshkosh Lourdes had a streak of 11 years of winning the conference. We knew that this would be our chance to do it.”

Earlier in the season, Smanz decided forgo the Horicon Invite and instead go to the Sept. 24 Oshkosh Invite that was also held at Lake Breeze.

That strategy worked for the Trojans.

“I think it helps a lot because we haven’t been here since I was in the seventh grade and I’m a junior now,” Huber said. “So, getting a feel for it was really nice with the footing.”

Smanz said the way the girls team has progressed has been remarkable as he chose to only have his team race once a week so they could train more this season.

“They’re not even in the same league they were (earlier in the season),” Smanz said.

Dodgeland’s Evan Finger ran one of his best races and finished third in 17:20.05 to earn first-team all-conference honors. Teammate Dalton Klentz finished sixth in 17:52.08 for first-team honors as well. Jacob Stuebe (16th, 18:28), Kyle Engels (24th, 18:52.33) and Chandler Cox (26th, 18:55.64) all had personal records, according to Smanz.

“We haven’t really as a full team with everyone having their best day at the same meet until today, probably,” Smanz said. “We’ve tried peaking for this meet.”

In Finger’s mind, though, it was an awesome feeling when he found out his team won a conference title.

“This year, I don’t think we won a single invite,” he said. “So to come through at conference, which is the biggest race so far this year, it’s amazing.

“We race well when the stakes are the biggest.”

TRAILWAYS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

GIRLS 5K

Team scores: Dodgeland 32, Palmyra-Eagle 43, Lourdes Academy 59, Rio/Fall River 138, Princeton/Green Lake 147, Madison Country Day 167, Horicon 171, Parkview 198, Johnson Creek 234, Markesan 248, Pardeeville, Valley Christian, Randolph/Cambria-Friesland and Wayland Academy incomplete.

First team all-conference: 1, Jamie Huber, Dod, 19:25. 2, Meygan Benzing, Dod, 19:38. 3, Antonia Bartolotta, PE, 19:48. 4, Ellen Moore, LA, 20:05. 5, Jackie Rosa, PE, 20:23. 6, Kaitlin Pickart, Dod, 20:28. 7, Lexy Olson, Park, 20:42. Second team all-conference: 8, Ally Czeshinski, PE, 20:53. 9, Mia Maslowski, LA, 20:56. 10, Addie Masini, LA, 21:02. 11, Julia Holtz, Dod, 21:17. 12, Rachel Parbs, Dod, 21:26. 13, Morgan Landess, PE, 21:36. 14, Hailey Lucht, PE, 21:53. Honorable mention: 15, Emily Reed, RFR, 22:00. 16, Sidney Galatowitsch, PGL, 22:12. 17, Olivia Weber, LA, 22:21. 18, Ashley Hagenow, RFR, 22:22. 19, Andrea Beecher, LA, 22:23. 20, Amelia Lehman, VC, 22:26. 21, Michaela Jones, PE, 22:36.

Dodgeland: 1, Jamie Huber 19:25.69. 2, Meygan Benzing 19:38.75. 6, Kaitlin Pickart 20:28.84. 11, Julia Holtz 21:17.13.12, Rachel Parbs 21:26.56. Rio/Fall River: 15, Emily Reed 22:00. 18, Ashley Hagenow 22:22. 21, Kristan Larson 22:43. 41, Kyee Schraufnagel 25:46. 43, Sarah Hagenow 26:01. 45, Sydney Ales 26:18. 49, Hannah Neuman 26:30. Randolph/Cambria-Friesland: 54, Ashley Erdman 26:26. Horicon: 26, Josie McDonald 23:19.22. 30, Ale Alvarez 24:12.92. 31, Payton Marvin, 24:24.18. 37, Amber Jacobson 25:13.48. 47, Payton Justman 26:22.88. Markesan: 33, Samantha Whitney 24:44.22. 46, Sara Hanefeld 26:21.89. 50, Morgan Krueger 26:31.93. 59, Karina Zacharias 29:53.02. 60, Samantha Stellmacher 30:03.22. Wayland: 43, Isabella Stromberg 25:33.1. 44, Elena Li 25:42.29. 62, Lily Fedler 28:19.99. 74, Grace Rowley 33:07.83.

BOYS 5K

Team scores: Dodgeland 75, Lourdes Academy 93, Princeton/Green Lake 94, Palmyra-Eagle 107, Pardeeville 119, Parkview 153, Randolph/Cambria-Friesland 155, Madison Country Day 173, Horicon 217, Valley Christian 224, Johnson Creek 253, Markesan 340, Wayland Academy 345, Rio/Fall River incomplete.

First team all-conference: 1, Jackson Moore, LA, 16:30. 2, Colin Green, MCD, 16:35. 3, Evan Finger, Dod, 17:20. 4, Dylan Oelke, Pard, 17:30. 5, Colt Wentland, RCF, 17:43. 6, Dalton Klentz, Dod, 17:52. 7, Conner Richter, PGL, 17:53. Second team all-conference: 8, Alex Galatowitsch, PGL, 17:54. 9, Tommy Schueller, PE, 17:55. 10, Dylan Konop, LA, 17:58. 11, Alex Van Crete, PGL, 18:08. 12, Lucas Miller, RCF, 18:10. 13, Trent Trofka, LA, 18:19. 14, Gavin Calderon, PE, 18:22. Honorable mention: 15, Andrew Evans, MCD, 18.27. 16, Jacob Stuebe, Dod, 18:28. 17, Peyton Kane, LA, 18:30. 18, Spencer Braatz, RFR, 18:38. 19, James Connell, Park, 18:43. 20, Jack Trahms, Pard, 18:44. 21, Dalton Fuller, RCF, 18:46.

Dodgeland: 3, Evan Finger 17:20.05. 6, Dalton Klentz 17:52.08. 16 Jacob Stuebe 18:28. 24 Kyle Engels 18:52.33. 26, Chandler Cox 18:55.64. Randolph/Cambria-Friesland: 5, Colt Wentland 17:43. 12, Lucas Miller 18:10. 20, Dalton Fuller 18:46. Carroll Swain Jr. 19:55. 68, Nolan Kohlbeck 21.15. 74, Tyler Olson 21:40. 86, Trent McEndree 24:20. Rio/Fall River: 18, Spencer Braatz 18:38. 76, Mark Wiersma 21:40. 80, Pierson Schneider 22:06. 92, Isaac Severson 26:17. Horicon: 21, Dawson Jollie 18:47.58. 25, Tyronn Gremminger 18:53.52. 45, William Woolf 19:38.41. 61, Christian Nehls 20:34.28. 65, Brandon Poler 20:54.86. Markesan: 48, Kole Straks 19:50.74. 62, James Digman 20:40.66. 73, Alan Zacharias 21:37.66. 75, Kolbe Kimball 21:42.58. 82, Landon Leedle 23:20.05. Wayland: 43, Sage Gaulding 19:22.3. 71, Danny Liu 21:33.1. 72, Ken Wang 21:36.12. 79, Tony Tran 22:24.14. 80, Alexandr Chebatarev 22:53.83.

at Lake Breeze Golf Course, Winneconne

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Mark McMullen is currently a sports reporter for the Daily Citizen. He can be reached by email at mmcmullen@wiscnews.com or by phone at 920-356-6754. Can also follow him on Twitter at @mmcmull2.